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CD REVIEW: EDEN’S CURSE – Cardinal

CD REVIEW: EDEN’S CURSE – Cardinal

| 26 October 2016 | Reply

Label: AFM Records Release Date: October 14, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Eden’s Curse is a band that consistently puts out material that seems cut from the same cloth as their previous material without sounding rehashed or outdated.  These guys are helping keep melodic rock alive.  Disc opener “Prophets Of Doom” is […]

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CD REVIEW: GINGER ALE & THE MONOWHALES – Bang

CD REVIEW: GINGER ALE & THE MONOWHALES – Bang

| 25 October 2016 | Reply

Label: Independant Release Date: October 14, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I seem to have a soft spot for pop-punk-rock, especially from Canada.  Now there is another pop-filled reason to dig this music from way up North – the Bang EP from Ginger Ale & The Monowhales.  “Home” kicks the disc off nicely […]

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DVD REVIEW: BRYAN ADAMS – Wembley 1996 Live

DVD REVIEW: BRYAN ADAMS – Wembley 1996 Live

| 24 October 2016 | Reply

Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment Release Date: October 14, 2015 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Bryan Adams is one of those rockers that quietly puts out release after release and always seems to throw a few new hits at his audience – his music is not only a part of most of our personal […]

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CD REVIEW: ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero

CD REVIEW: ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero

| 22 October 2016 | Reply

Label: Caroline Release Date: October 7, 2016 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Some bands deliver on their debut release and hit stronger and harder as their careers grow and age while others taper off quickly with each release.  Alter Bridge is one of the bands that fall into the former category, as they delivered on […]

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CD REVIEW: I FIGHT FAIL – Voyages And Vantage Points

CD REVIEW: I FIGHT FAIL – Voyages And Vantage Points

| 22 October 2016 | Reply

Label: Standby Records Release Date: October 7, 2016 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur New music seems to flood my inbox during tax season, so weeding the material based on the drone of music while preparing returns helps me determine which discs warrant some time to review and the latest EP from I Fight […]

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CD REVIEW: BETH HART – Fire On The Floor

CD REVIEW: BETH HART – Fire On The Floor

| 20 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: BETH HART – Fire On The Floor Mascot Label Group/Provogue 14 October, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Beth Hart is on a roll. Her last album, 2015’s Better Than Home took her around the world on the back of its soulful blues and her incredibly emotive vocals, and Fire On The Floor […]

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CD REVIEW: WISHING WELL – Chasing Rainbows

CD REVIEW: WISHING WELL – Chasing Rainbows

| 20 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: WISHING WELL – Chasing Rainbows Inverse Records 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Finnish trio Wishing Well harken back to the glory days of ‘80s metal – the days when AC/DC, Rainbow and even Def Leppard were considered ‘heavy metal’ bands. The sort of metal, that is, that features soaring melodies, […]

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CD REVIEW: THE ANN WILSON THING! – #2 EP

CD REVIEW: THE ANN WILSON THING! – #2 EP

| 20 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE ANN WILSON THING! – #2 EP Rounder Records 12 August, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have always married acoustic folk and riffy rock with Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Famers Heart, and Ann’s solo thing – literally, The Ann Wilson Thing! – does the same, albeit […]

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CD REVIEW: GRAHAM GREENE – The Guitar Vinci Code EP

CD REVIEW: GRAHAM GREENE – The Guitar Vinci Code EP

| 19 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: GRAHAM GREENE – The Guitar Vinci Code EP Independent 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Never shy of a witty pun, West Australian maestro guitarist Graham Greene has named his new musical baby The Guitar Vinci Code. It’s a pithy, quirky title – but it has a deeper meaning: few have unravelled the […]

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CD REVIEW: IDINA MENZEL – idina.

CD REVIEW: IDINA MENZEL – idina.

| 17 October 2016 | Reply

Label: Warner Bros. Records Release Date: September 23, 2016 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Way before “Let It Go” I was digging Idina Menzel and her blend of music that married the theatrical flair with a pop sensibility, and even tossed in some rock grooves for good measure.  Her latest disc is a […]

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CD REVIEW: THE FARGO RAILROAD CO. – This One’s For You

CD REVIEW: THE FARGO RAILROAD CO. – This One’s For You

| 17 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE FARGO RAILROAD CO. – This One’s For You Independent 3 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 In the ‘60s there was a revolution in Britain as bands across the country adopted and adapted U.S. rhythm & blues to their very different situations. As a result The Rolling Stones, The […]

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CD REVIEW: TORPEDOHEAD – III

CD REVIEW: TORPEDOHEAD – III

| 13 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: TORPEDOHEAD – III Woodhouse Records April 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Torpedohead open III with Get Off My Back, a one-two-fuck-you blast of nuclear drummage and flamethrower guitars, as if their sleazy, punkish rawk n’ roll was soundtracking a Mad Max-like post-apocalyptic wasteland. Which it will, at some point in […]

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CD REVIEW: WHITFORD St. HOLMES – Reunion

CD REVIEW: WHITFORD St. HOLMES – Reunion

| 13 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: WHITFORD St. HOLMES – Reunion Mailboat Records 3 June, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 As guitarist for Aerosmith, and guitarist/vocalist for Ted Nugent and Spinal Tap inspiration respectively, Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes trod the biggest stages in the world, just a step or three behind two of the most gregarious, […]

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CD REVIEW: POISON HEART – Strong Ties

CD REVIEW: POISON HEART – Strong Ties

| 13 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: POISON HEART – Strong Ties Zodiac Killer Records January 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Hailing from Warsaw, the five piece grimy dirty rock n’ rollers Poison Heart cook up a tasty boogie punk stew on third album Strong Ties. Irrepressibly energetic and full of spirit, the band sound like they’re giving it […]

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CD REVIEW: DIESEL – Americana

CD REVIEW: DIESEL – Americana

| 11 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: DIESEL – Americana Liberation 1 July, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 There ain’t nothin’ more pointless on this green earth than an album of cover versions which are virtual carbon copies of the originals. Why bother! Conversely, an artist stamping their own talented personality over the tunes which shaped their own musical […]

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CD REVIEW: THE MEZCALTONES – The Mezcaltones EP

CD REVIEW: THE MEZCALTONES – The Mezcaltones EP

| 11 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE MEZCALTONES – The Mezcaltones EP Independent 20 May, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Like the aural equivalent of tequila and sunshine, The Mezcaltones are so cool it hurts. Hip priests of south-of-the-border (to Sydney, that is), post-siesta Tex-Mex grooves, these nudie-shirt-and-stetson-wearing rockers lay down a musical chimichanga that has as much […]

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CD REVIEW: CLAUDE HAY – Roller Coaster

CD REVIEW: CLAUDE HAY – Roller Coaster

| 11 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: CLAUDE HAY – Roller Coaster Independent 8 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Don’t let Claude Hay’s surfer chic, lazy twang and the fireside bonhomie of his songs fool you – his music may embody roots-with-soul laidbacksville, but his work ethic is unflinching, with this fourth studio album the proof. […]

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CD REVIEW: BUFFALO CROWS – Bovonic Empire

CD REVIEW: BUFFALO CROWS – Bovonic Empire

| 11 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: BUFFALO CROWS – Bovonic Empire Independent August 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 It’s hard to believe that Buffalo Crows, New South Wales’ leaders of the Buffalo revivalist movement, released their last album two full years ago – it seems like only a few months ago since Primitive Grind tore stampeded […]

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CD REVIEW: ROSS NEILSEN – Elemental

CD REVIEW: ROSS NEILSEN – Elemental

| 6 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: ROSS NEILSEN – Elemental Independent 2 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 On album #6 Ross Neilsen serves up a richly rewarding collection of radio-friendly modern blues, with a sprinkling of rootsy Americana throughout. If Black Coffee seems a mundane subject to write a whole song about, think again: Neilsen pulls it […]

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CD REVIEW: MI-SEX – Not From Here

CD REVIEW: MI-SEX – Not From Here

| 6 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: MI-SEX – Not From Here Golden Robot Records 9 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 1/2/10 Kiwi new wave pioneers Mi-Sex are back with a new frontman and a new album some thirty-three years after their last instalment. Remembered primarily for cutting edge electro-pop anthem Computer Games, the band took hiatus in […]

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